He Put a Ring On It

It was the most glorious of days, one January 24th, 2015. I had begrudgingly agreed to go fishing with my brown eyed boy, never once questioning why we would be fishing from shore in the middle of winter (on a river mind you). So he picked me up in my red hunter boots and still-wet hair and we walked towards the Mississippi river in the backyard of my parent’s home.

As we got closer to the river, he stopped on the wooden bridge that I had told him so many times would be the perfect spot to get married. “I think this is a good spot?” he said as he looked at me. It took me what seemed like hours to wrap my head around what was happening. I heard the click of a camera shutter behind me as the love of my life got down on one knee and poured out his heart. It was magic, and I still get butterflies when I play it back in my mind.

Such joy has filled my heart this past year because of this man. I didn’t know it was possible to love –and be loved– by someone this much. I’m over the moon to be planning what will be the most special day of our lives, but I’m more enthralled by the fact that I get to do life with my best friend by my side. We get to raise babies in a home that knows the Lord. We get to be adventurers and encouragers of each other’s dreams.

I’ve heard people talk about how marriage helps you gain perspective on God’s love for you, but I didn’t really believe it until I felt it myself. There are nights when Taylor drives over to my house after a 14-hour work day and falls asleep in my arms on the couch. I look at him and my heart feels like it might explode. Incomprehensible love has taken over my heart, and I am a different person because of it. I have this sense of thankfulness that I’ve never felt towards God, like he has given me the greatest gift that I didn’t even know I needed. I realize now the anxious thoughts that once filled my head  (still have them, they just look different now) about finding the man God had for me were so silly — He had it figured out a long time ago.

So I encourage you if you find yourself in the boat that I was in for a long time– surrender your heart to the Lord. He has things in store for you that you can’t even begin to imagine.

Hey There, 2015

2014

Exactly one year ago, I was a recent college graduate, anxiously pacing at my parents house while awaiting the arrival of a brown-eyed boy to our New Years Eve Party. We had one awkward meal at Applebees under our belt, and I was hopeful that the magic of New Years Eve (and a few glasses of champagne) would somehow make everything perfect. There was little conversation or eye contact that evening. It was far from perfect, but soon the most beautiful love would start to unfold.

“Life is a lot like that, we want it to be whimsical and perfect and everything to everyone but the truth is, the beauty comes in the real ness, the imperfections, the true and genuine love.” –Jenna Kutcher.

I received the greatest gift this year. A boy that shares my name, my dreams and loves me for who I am. We experienced some really rough stuff. We both lost our precious grandpas, and experienced the realness of adulthood. He put up with my after-work ramblings and my roller coaster of emotions as I wrestled with trying to figure out what this next phase of my life looks like. There was stress and sadness, but also the greatest of joy. We aren’t perfect, and our relationship isn’t perfect either. But we have a love rooted in our Lord and Savior, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I’m not making any resolutions for 2015. Much is unknown, and I feel like I’m on the brink of a wave of change. This both excites and terrifies me. Instead of resolutions, i’m going to focus on one word — Joy. Whatever life throws at me this year, I want joy to be the constant.

I pray that you had a blessed holiday, and that you feel as ready as I am to tackle 2015 :)

xo,

T.

 

Currently Loving: Ladylike Details

I had the pleasure of getting all four of my wisdom teeth yanked out this morning, and am currently feeling preetttyyy good thanks to some pain meds. I may be sporting yoga pants and curled up on the coach, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t pin my dream closet away. These are the pieces I have my heart set on at the moment. It’s no secret that I obsess over Céline bags more than what’s considered to be normal. I also love Louboutin’s take on flats… and that Valentino dress? No description needed. I hope your weekend consists of more solid foods than mine! ;)
xo, 
T. 

A Girl and the Sea

We arrived in Naples last Wednesday to find that we hadn’t really escaped the rain after all. It seemed to have followed us all the way from Minnesota. Despite the thickest humidity i’ve ever encountered and sporadic monsoon rains, we managed to get our share of the Florida sunshine, and even have some pretty impressive tan lines to prove it. 
When I spotted the ocean on the first day, my inner child was set free and I just stood there for the longest time while the waves crashed over my feet. The ocean truly does fuel me, and I’m so thankful that my mama and I could spend a few days by the sparkling blue water. I gotta hand it to you, Floridians. Somehow you manage to thrive in the Florida weather year-round. I’ll stick to short doses of your state’s goodness.
xo,
T. 

Escaping to Florida

In a few short hours, Mama Deb and I will be on a plane to Florida. Goodbye rainy/depressing Minnie and hello sunshine! We decided to take a quick girls trip before I start my internship next week. I can’t wait to have a little R&R with my beautiful mama. We’ll be in the Naples area for the duration of our stay and plan to veg by the pool and get our fill of the ocean. It’s been far too long since I’ve set my eyes on the endless blue of the Gulf!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo.